First Saturdays

Ask the Experts + Open Archives

First Saturdays is our welcome to the community. Offered on the first Saturday of the month (excluding July and August), the program offers free access to the Archives, as well as a featured talk by an expert on prevalent issues relating to historic home and landscape care. Ask questions; get solutions!


This series is FREE, and no pre-registration is required.

Ask the Experts Home & Garden Series

1:30 – 2:30 PM

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017
Choosing Native Plants for Your Garden: Friends of the Wissahickon Trail Ambassador and Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Kris Soffa will lead this month’s program on native plants. Her leadership over the past 30 years resulted in over 500 acres of protected land in Upper Roxborough. Recently, she was appointed by Mayor Kenney to serve on the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commission. She will speak about native landscaping as it relates to creating habitat and greater diversity for native fauna. “The more you appreciate nature, the more eagerly you will protect and preserve our ecosystem,” she said. She inspires people to develop plans to simply enhance and expand their home gardens to provide an easy-care sustainable wildlife habitat.

Our Ask the Experts Series will resume in the Fall. Check back soon for more details. 

Open Archives

1:00 – 3:00 PM

Discover details about your home or street through architectural drawings, photos, maps, real estate atlases, deeds, and diaries. Archivist Alex Bartlett will guide you through the 20,000+ items to find just what you’re looking for. And while you’re here, explore our exhibit, Discovering Chestnut Hill: Rural Village to Philadelphia Neighborhood.